Fractured central venous catheter is cause of ventricular tachycardia

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Abstract:

A 22-year-old male admitted with multiple gunshot wounds (GSW) had central line placed initially for hemodynamic monitoring and later for long term antibiotics and total parenteral nutrition (TPN). On postoperative day 4 he presented with bouts of nonsustained ventricular tachycardia;

the cause was unknown initially and later attributed to a catheter fragment accidentally severed and lodged in the right heart. Percutaneous retrieval technique was used to successfully extract the catheter fragment and complete recovery was achieved.

Reference:

Biswas, S. and McNerney, P. (2015) Ventricular Tachycardia from a Central Line Fracture Fragment Embolus: A Rare Complication of a Commonly Used Procedure-A Case Report and Review of the Relevant Literature. Case Reports in Critical Care. December 3rd. [epub ahead of print].

DOI: 10.1155/2015/265326.

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